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Farewell message to passed away friend [on hold]

How to write a farewell message to one my friend who passed away recently. Here is my try. There are no words to express my sadness. He is cannot be forgotten. I was lucky to meet a person like him ...
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Can “few” be used as a subject? If so, what is the rule?

I took a test with the following question: __________has changed at work since the last employee survey was carried out. a. Little b. Some c. Few. Now, I know that the correct answer is ...
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“all” vs “all of”

What's the difference between these two sentences? He ate all his food He ate all of his food
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Is the phrase“horse of the rider” correct?

Which phrase is correct? A.horse of the rider B.rider's horse Are both of the phrases correct or are they both wrong?
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he ran to the school meaning ? does it mean he started running towards or he reached the spot by running

I want to know exact meaning because I am writing stories but I have some doubts regarding usage. I know. "he ran from home" means left home and started running. and " he ran a mile " means ...
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How to describe a definite one of Picasso's paintings as well as an indefinite one of them?

I'm sure there are many, many paintings drawn by Pablo Picasso. How do you refer to one of those paintings? First, here's what I know is a correct way of doing so: a. I saw a Picasso at a museum. ...
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Argue or argument [duplicate]

The sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Can we use 'argument' ...
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A is for Apple \ A stands for Apple

We generally say: A for Apple. What is the meaning of this?
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“High” as an adverb?

They maintained high prices. They maintained the prices high. Is there any difference between these two sentences? Is the former grammatical correct? Why or why not?
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What does “in” mean in this context?

I feel sometimes "in" seems to be used in the same way as "during", but it's hard to know if that's exactly the case, because the complement is not an event per se. For example: Michael collapsed ...
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Using Past-Perfect interchangeably with the Past Continuous

I've seen this sentence in another post here: Tom Cruise was thinking of a career in the church before finding a job in the movies. Would it be fine to use the Past-Perfect as well? If so, ...
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What is the English word for a graduation award?

I was wondering if there was a specific word for this particular type of plaque/award? It's given to college graduates, to commemorate and represent their degree. I think it's mostly just called ...
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gerund and noun applications

This sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Why she's saying ...
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Usage of the word “Paucity”

What word should pair with paucity when paucity is being decreased? For example, if there is a paucity of food and new supply has arrived, would it be a correct usage to say "New supply has ...
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What are some idiomatic way of saying “changing your face into someone else's face”?

One way I can think of saying this is saying "sculpt your face into a Harvey" or more generally "sculpt your face into a X" where X is a name of a specific person, like a celebrity, but I am not sure ...
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Say I OR Say me

I was encouraging my students to speak English. I was asking a question: Who wants to sing a song? Say I. Another teacher stopped me, "You should've say; Say me." Which one is correct?
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What are idioms that are antonymous to “don't skimp on”?

The idiom "don't skimp on" means don't be shy and put as much as necessary. I am now wondering if there are idioms that mean the opposite of that. I am sure there are many, but it's hard to look for ...
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to us vs to see us

Which sentence is grammatically correct or both? If he has time, he will come to us. vs If he has time, he will come to see us. Thanks.
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use of word “Like” in the beginning of a sentence

Like smaller companies, the larger companies, continue to be impacted by the advancements in technology. Can anyone help me understand what function the word "Like" has in the sentence? Is it a ...
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Is “If he had come tomorrow, I would have gone.” grammatically correct

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If he had come tomorrow, I would have gone. I am trying to convey that He will not come and I can't go. Does it convey the same meaning? Can "If +had ...
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Should I use “was” or “were” in “as though he was frightened”?

I have seen a sentence and there was: He acted strangely, as though he was frightened. Is "was" right for this sentence? Or must there be "WERE".
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Can I say “what was the war a reaction to?”

If I mean to ask the main causes of something, so I want to know what something reacted to, can I say “what was the war a reaction to?”? It sounds pretty weird to me... I’d rather say “what did the ...
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Which word do native speakers use when speaking of pop group member?

I often called it 'member'. For examples She is the youngest member/There are 7 members in that group. But I saw an american member from k-pop group using the term 'band-mate' when describing his ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct to use?

Could you tell me which one of the following sentences is correct, and why? Or are both correct or both incorrect? If the answer is yes, then please correct me. She is the reason why I could afford ...
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Is there any difference between “post under” and “post with”?

I was wondering if both meant the same thing, and if there's any difference between the two, what they were, because as I see it, it's pretty much the same thing. Saying "post under my real name" ...
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the missing object of the verb

But the thing I didn't care a damn about, didn't even grasp to be happening, was the passing-away of the old life I'd know. (Coming up for air) What is the object of the verb grasp ? Is it the thing ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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What do you call the act of synchronizing your flight to that of another plane so that you remain on its side never overtaking it?

I am not quite sure if there's any word for this very precise idea, but I would like to know how I can succinctly express it. So I am looking for a verb or a noun that would allow me to express the ...
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“this unusual instrument” with plural antecedents

The singular noun phrase "this unusual instrument" in the following refers to plural antecedents "them" and "glass harps." Is this practice acceptable in a school essay? Glass harps haven’t ...
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How is the term “test run” typically used?

Is the term "test run" used like the word "test" or is it more specific? I feel "test run" would be used in situations where products are being tested, but what about ideas, arguments? I did a few ...
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Springs of action

Clockwork mechanisms were the most advanced technology in the seventeenth century. Hobbes believed that muscles and organs in the body were the equivalent of these: he frequently wrote about the ...
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Do native speakers use “ultima” and “proxima” frequently in spoken English?

I have noticed that the words ultima and proxima are rarely used. How do native speakers use these?
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Is the word “crosshair” almost a “slang”?

I was reading this article. Says Years after the death of his father at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan, it is now Hamza bin Laden who finds himself squarely in the crosshairs of ...
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songs by Mozart and Beethoven?

Is the word "songs" properly used in the following? By the 1700s, European glass harp masters could play songs by Mozart and Beethoven on the instruments. I'd appreciate your help.
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Kids! You're (disgusted/disgusting)! Don't talk with your mouths full! adjective when ended with ed or ing

Kids! You're (disgusted/disgusting)! Don't talk with your mouths full! I would like to know why the answer is disgusting?
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Using “at about” for approximations

The material is processed in the autoclave at about 150 degrees Centigrade. My question relates to the usage of 'at about' to indicate approximate temperature rather than the exact temperature
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Use of paid as adjective

Can i use “paid” as an adjective while indicating an amount as is the case with the sentence below ? Plastic bag will be paid by 25 cent . Or would it be better to say: Plastic bags will be ...
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I thought you had taken or took what is the best

The following practice text comes from http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/2g31-penguin-story.php: One day a husband and wife _____ (1) (drive) to the countryside to visit their friends ...
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Singular/plural in parallel constructions

I am wondering if in a parallel construction we can use the singular along with the plural instead of using either the singular or the plural. I feel strongly that if you use the plural in a parallel ...
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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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awkward or wrong?

This sentence sounds pretty awkward to me but I can't come up with an explanation. Could someone explain it? I wish to assure you that I should make every effort to be worthy of the confidence ...
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“Ten bucks says…“ or ”Ten bucks say…"? Which is correct? [duplicate]

In the movie Avengers I, when the Cap said,“At this point, I doubt anything would surprise me.” Then the director Fury answered,“Ten bucks says you’re wrong." I understand that Fury was betting ten ...
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My mobile is getting SLOW \ SLOWER

I have heard people say: My mobile is getting slow. My Mobile is getting slower. Which is correct to say? Thank you.
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Which preposition to use with “access”? “To” or “of”?

I read a sentence which was: Social differences among men and women were increased because of the difference in access of resources or property. Personally, I don't think "of" should be used there. ...
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Do you say the plural TO or OF something? [on hold]

Are these sentences both correct? What is the plural of boy? What is the plural to boy? Are they interchangeable?
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What does “reintegrate into the labour market” mean?

A: XYZ helps unemployed individuals prepare for, find, and maintain suitable employment. B: XYZ offers programs and services that help unemployed workers reintegrate into the labour market and ...
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flow through the island's economy

In the book "How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes" by Peter D. Schiff, chapter 7, page 82, paragraph 1, there is the sentence: The splashing success of the Water Works project flowed through the ...
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Had had (Is it a past perfect or past simple)

Look at the sentence that is in Italic. I wonder if had had there is the past-perfect or is it the Past Simple followed by 'had to'? I'm confused. Helen stepped outside her front door to see what ...
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What does “which” refer to in this context?

If a device is disabled from an account, then the information about that device will become unavailable to the member unless the device is enabled in the member’s account, which requires the ...
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Two names of one concept?

In many disciplines we can find some confusing concepts and most of the time they are actually of the same definition and they are just talking about the same thing. For instance relative entropy is ...

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